Model Amber Le Bon has, if you haven't seen, bright pink hair. It was this dalliance with hair dye that made us think she would probably be up for trying some of the more out-there beauty trends for us. And luckily she was!
First up, we sent Amber a ton of Topshop Hair Glitter and asked her to wear it to a few different events and meetings she had scheduled in her diary (not one of them was a festival, FYI). Keep scrolling for Amber's candid account of a week wearing hair glitter…
So… hair glitter. I'm sure you saw it at some point in the usual post-festival pictures flooding Instagram, I certainly did. My first thought was that it looked awesome but would be a nightmare to get out, I was not wrong. Glitter is the perfect addition for any of you unicorns, mermaids or glowing goddesses out there, so I tried it for a week to see if wearing it in real life lived up to the fun-filled photos.
To dip my toe into the trend, I wore it first to a Beyoncé concert. Applying it was a bit messier than I anticipated, so my bathroom is now covered in glitter, leading me to my first tip: Apply glitter in a room with a hard floor; [it] makes for much easier cleanup (hoovers work a treat, as well as tape).
Starting off subtle, I decided a glitter side-braid would work for a night of single ladies dancing. The facial glue that the glitter came with just isn’t strong enough to hold it in hair properly and get good coverage, so I had to find some hair gel to fix it in. As it was my first time using glitter on my hair, I had to improvise a little with tools. I ended up mixing some gel and glitter together in a cup and using the end of an old toothbrush to apply it down the middle of my braid. I found trying to apply glitter with fingers meant you took off more than you put on. After fixing with a bit of glitter hairspray, I was good to go and lose my voice while dancing like a mad woman.
Wearing the glitter to the Beyoncé concert made me feel bubbly and fun, and I didn’t get as many strange looks or comments as I thought I would. My friend said “Hey, you’re like a sparkly piece of candyfloss wearing black!” which made me smile as that’s exactly how I felt. It held so well that night that I tried sleeping in it, partly to see how it would handle a pillowcase, but mostly because I was not looking forward to trying to take it out, my new, solid, shell of iridescence.
Amazingly, I didn’t have to hoover my pillow. In fact, it stayed so well that I kept it in for a meeting with my agency the next day. I felt a little more awkward on the tube in Covent Garden during daylight than I had done screaming out the lyrics in the dark to “Crazy in Love.” There were a couple of odd looks, but no one mentioned anything. Wearing the glitter in the day around London was a bit daunting, so I kept my outfit simple; I was going to make a statement with my hair.
Trying to get it out is definitely not as fun as wearing it. When people tell you “Oh, it’ll be easy to get out,” don’t believe them. How to even begin to tackle my braid cemented with glitter! After gently trying to loosen the braid and realising that brushing was only going to snap off my already delicate hair, I resorted to pulling it out bit by bit.
I then wore it again out to a casual dinner, this time down a centre parting with two buns. Putting on the glitter this time was much faster, as I had the process down.
Again, I had this effervescent vibe about me; it definitely brought out a fun side. I think this time I was channelling my inner Sailor Moon anime girl, and the pink hair helped. As much as it feels strange to begin with, especially when it’s drying, you actually forget the glitter is there until someone points it out or you catch yourself in a mirror, and then you get this little inner giggle.
Dreading the thought of having to pull out all the glitter again, I did a little research and found someone who said that oil would help loosen the glitter [better] than to shampoo it out. I think I did it wrong because I tried and failed and ended up with glitter down my hair for a few days. A work in progress…
So to sum up: Would I wear hair glitter again? It’s messy, and a bit fiddly to put on yourself, but hell yes. It made me feel young and fun, my friends loved it (my bathroom did not), and it stands out from other people. I'm definitely going to keep rocking hair glitter, just have to work on my methods of removal though.